Best Places to visit in Mathura Vrindavan
We all know that Mathura is the most sacred city of Brij (a region in Uttar Pradesh) and the birthplace of Lord Krishna too. Devaki, wife of Vasudev and Sister of Mama Kans gave birth to Lord Krishna in the prison of Kans palace (now Known as Krishna Janam Bhoomi) in Mathura. According to the epic Mahabharata and Bhagwat Gita, it is said that Lord Krishna has spent his childhood in the regions of Brij, that’s why “Brij Ki Raj”( sand of Bijbhoomi) has an important status among Hindus. Even today, people taste and puts ” Braj ki raj” on their head with the belief that Lord Krishna has played in the same sand. Mathura has been ruled by several Emperors since decades, but this city never lost its roots. Lord Krishna in the form of “laddu Gopal Ji” is worshipped in almost every house of this city.
As a local person can tell shortcut routes better than Google maps, the same ways a local citizen can tell anyone about the must-visit places of his/her city. Because I am born and bought-up in the Land of Lord Krishna, here is the list of best places to visit in Mathura Vrindavan.
Best Time to Visit Mathura Vrindavan: During Holi and Janmastami Festival.
But if you want to avoid the congestion of over-crowdedness, you can visit anytime!
10 Best Places to visit in Mathura Vrindavan
Shri Bankebihari temple is the most famous temple of Lord Krishna It is believed that on a special request of Swami Haridas (Guru of famous Singer Tansen and Krishna’s devotee), Krishna and Radha merged into one and then an idol appeared known as Shri Banke Bihari Ji. And the same idol is worshipped in the temple.
The sewa of Bihari Ji is done in three parts: Shringar in the morning which includes bath and dressing up with crown and necklaces, Rajbhog in the afternoon which includes bhog (Prasad) of special cuisine and Shayan (sleep) Sewa in the evening. This temple is very different from other Hindu temples of our country. The curtains of the temple aren’t left for a long time, not even for 1-2 minutes. It is believed that the eyes of Bankebihari Ji are so sharp that if one will stare him for just a couple of minutes, he/she will get sloshed
Things to remember: Take care of your belongings and small children’s as this temple is highly overcrowded most of the time.
Also called Angrejo ka mandir by the locals, is another famous temple of Vrindavan. On the auspicious day of Ekadasi (11th lunar day of the waxing of Moon), a lot of people walk on the spiritual path of Vrindawan, covering a distance of 10 km starting from Iscon temple and ending at Iskon temple.
Things to remember: Do not forget to enjoy the tasty prasad of this temple.
Prem Mandir- “the temple of God’s love” temple built in the 21st century took almost 11 years to complete its architectural beauty which is unique in its own way. The musical fountain, sceneries, and sculptures displaying various scenes of Krishna’s life, light decoration during the night are the mains of this temple.
Things to remember: Photography is prohibited. Musical Fountain Timings: 7 PM to 7:30 PM
4.Shree Krishna Janambhoomi
As the name signifies, this temple is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, located in the middle of the city. In this temple, you can see the ‘garbha girah’, the exact place where Lord Krishna was born, Keshav Dev Ji temple, gufa featuring various Krishna leelas, are the mains of this temple.
Things to remember: Mobile phones and leather belt or wallet is strictly not allowed in the temple. To avoid last minute issues, it is advisable to keep such stuff in the locker. Locker facility is available outside the temple.
5. Dwarkadheesh Temple
Located in the center of the local market and near to river Yamuna, the Dwarkadheesh temple was built in the year 1814. Lord Krishna is worshipped here by the name “Shri Dwarkadhish – King of Dwarka”. This temple is beautifully decorated with “Fool Bangla” and lights during the month of Saawan. (Rainy Season: July-August). The entrance of this temple features Rajasthani architecture and is visited by thousands of followers daily.
Nearest Railway Stations:
- Mathura Junction (MTJ)
- Vrindavan Railway Station (BDB)
- Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.
6.Ghats of River Yamuna
Vishram Ghat is the most popular ghat of Mathura. It is believed that Lord Krishna has taken rest here after killing brutal kans. This place is overcrowded during morning and evening hours because of holy aarti. One can take a boat ride here and enjoy the wonderful sight and can also visit the famous ‘Kans ka Qila.’
It is believed that if brother and sister take bath or dip in the river Yamuna on Bhai Dooj (day next to Goverdhan puja after Diwali), Lord Krishna showers his special blessings on them and if they’ve done any bad deed in their lives, God forgives all their sins.
Nidhivan is the most mysterious place in Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna visits this place every single night with his beloved Radharani and do his Raas Leela. This temple gets close after sunset. The devotees aren’t allowed enter the temple premises post the evening aarti. Every evening, the bed made of sandalwood with the blanket is made for Lord Krishna. Also, a jar full of water, Paan and Neem Datuna is kept beside the bed. The priests of this temple say that once they open the temple doors in the morning, the bed seems to be like someone has slept there, even the water, neem datuna, and paan looks like it has been consumed. Few people tried to know the actual truth behind this belief. But whosoever has tried to solve this mystery has either lost his sight or got mentally ill.
Things to Remember: Do not dare to remain in the Nidhivan premises after evening hours. Keep your belongings safe especially specs safe from the monkeys. The monkeys of this temple are very naughty. They won’t take a minute to snatch your specs and wallet from you.
Akshaya Patra was built in the year 2003 and like other temples of Mathura Vrindavan, Lord Krishna and Radharani are worshipped here. This temple has a huge kitchen inside where delicious and nutritious mid-day meal for approx 160,000 children is cooked daily and sent to the schools around the area before 1 P.M. The modern kitchen of the temple has huge machines which make 50,000 chapatis per hour, tons of rice and vegetables. They do serve free of cost yummy ‘khichdi’ as prasad to each and every single person who visits the temple during evening hours. Also, this foundation provides a scholarship to talented students.
Things to remember: If you want to contribute a part of your earning in feeding the poor children, you can donate some amount by reaching the reception or transfer the money online.
Situated approx 12 Kms away from Mathura city, in the region of Gokul Village, Ramanreti is the place where Lord Krishna engaged in his divine plays with his brother Balram and other friends. Ramanreti temple has a deer century, a beautiful temple where we can seek darshans of Shri Raman Bihariji. The evening aarti of this temple is very different from other temples. A pair of beautifully decorated elephants use their trunk to ring the temple bells during the holy aarti. Isn’t that sounds interesting?
Located in Goverdhan Village of Brij, approx 25 km away from Vrindavan, Girraj Ji temple is visited by hundreds of followers daily. Goverdhan Hill is famous because Lord Krishna saved his family, friends, and villagers by lifting Govardhan hill on his little finger for 7 days. On the auspicious days like Goverdhan puja(the day after Diwali), Guru Purnima, Nirjala Ekadashi, etc a lot of people visit this sacred place to perform Govardhan parikrama which is of 23 km and takes six-seven hours to complete. There is actually no fix duration in which one can complete parikrama because a lot of devotees also do Dandavata parikrama which takes approx a month to complete. Others do the same parikrama via Auto-rickshaw or just by walking. The duration totally varies from the mode of walking into this spiritual path and person to person capability.
On the auspicious day of Goverdhan puja, a lot of devotees offers “56 Bhog” (Prasadam of 56 different food) to Girraj Ji Maharaj. In fact, devotees offer “56 bhog” to Girraj Ji on any auspicious day of the Hindu Calendar throughout the year. The “56 Bhog” is first offered to Girraj Ji, then distributed among devotees and priests.
Things to remember: If you are visiting Goverdhan Hills, you can perform “Doodh Abhiskek” (Offering milk to Girraj Ji ) in morning hours.
All the above-mentioned places are the best places to visit in Mathura Vrindavan. But they are not the only places you should visit. If you have more time, do visit Maa Vaishno Devi Dham (in front of Prem Mandir), Pagal Baba Mandir, Garud Dev Ji temple, Lotus temple, Shree Radha Vallabh temple, Birla Mandir, Shri Rang Ji temple, Jai Gurudev temple, etc.